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West Ham concede four for second straight week

Nacer Chadli

West Brom record signing Chadli score twice and assisted twice in his home debut

West Ham’s poor start to the season continued as they suffered a fourth league defeat, going down 4-2 to West Brom at the Hawthorns.

In their first game under new Chinese ownership, Albion raced into a 4-0 lead after an hour with record-signing Nacer Chadli scoring twice.

But West Ham then scored two in four minutes to halve the deficit.

Michail Antonio netted his fifth league goal of the season but the Baggies held on for a first home win since March.

The Hammers’ latest defeat came on the back of last week’s 4-2 loss to Watford, a game they had led 2-0 at one stage.

But they were behind after just eight minutes at the Hawthorns, with Chadli scoring a penalty after a needless handball from Arthur Masuaku.

Salomon Rondon fired in a crisp second and James McClean put the home side 3-0 up just before half-time – deflecting in a Chadli shot – as West Ham registered just one first-half shot on target, despite a far superior percentage of possession.

A fourth from Chadli after a Rondon break gave the Baggies a first four-goal haul in the league under Tony Pulis.

Antonio’s effort and a Manuel Lanzini penalty gave the visiting fans hope of a revival, while Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu came off the bench late on, making his first appearance for West Brom since joining on transfer deadline day.

Hammers’ horror show

West Ham shipped four goals for a second successive week as their defence toiled again.

Left-back Arthur Masuaku was the most obvious culprit, inexplicably conceding a penalty with a handball under no pressure.

West Brom winger Matt Phillips enjoyed plenty of success against the Frenchman and was showboating before half-time.

Rondon’s goal came from a poor clearance, as did McClean’s, and Hammers boss – and former centre-half – Slavan Bilic looked mortified in the dugout at his team’s porous display.

Despite having almost three-quarters of the possession, Bilic’s side struggled to create any meaningful chances in the first half, with Simone Zaza isolated up front.

The manager’s changes at half-time worked well, though, with Jonathan Calleri and Sofiane Feghouli providing more attacking impetus, but as West Ham pushed for a way back into the game, they were susceptible to the counter-attack, as Rondon proved.

More to follow.

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Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 4, West Ham United 2.

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 4, West Ham United 2.

Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Morrison.

Jonathan Calleri (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ashley Fletcher (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Salomón Rondón.

Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Morrison.

Foul by Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United).

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. James Collins (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

Substitution, West Ham United. Ashley Fletcher replaces Arthur Masuaku.

Attempt missed. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli.

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Nacer Chadli.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

Attempt blocked. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Håvard Nordtveit.

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Nyom replaces Brendan Galloway.

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 4, West Ham United 2. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty West Ham United. Dimitri Payet draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Brendan Galloway (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham United).

Brendan Galloway (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 4, West Ham United 1. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Brendan Galloway.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Calleri (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37325836